On March 28, Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault announced the latest measures at the government’s daily briefing regarding the covid-19 crisis. Ms. Guilbault said the government would be implementing restrictions to protect the northern and eastern regions that are isolated and are home to a vulnerable population.
The Gaspé Peninsula is one of the eight regions affected by the new measure.
In order to monitor entry into and exit from the region, control points have been set up at airports, maritime facilities, as well as on the various routes that allow entry to the Gaspé Peninsula and Magdalen Islands. Only those fitting the following exceptions will be permitted to enter the region:
- have their principal residence on the Gaspé;
- transporting goods to the region permitting the continuity of providing priority services (strict checks will be made);
- displacement is necessary for humanitarian purposes;
- travel is necessary to obtain required health care or services or to provide such care or services to a person who requires them;
- to work in a workplace where priority services are offered;
- to comply with an order contained in a judgment rendered by a court;
- arriving directly from an area where access is limited.
IMPORTANT: Despite the exceptions, access to the region is strictly prohibited for people with symptoms related to COVID-19 (cough, fever, difficulty breathing, sore throat or loss of smell).